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at the pentagon and around the world. secretary panetta sent them a written message, as he left for a nato defense ministers meeting in brussels. in it, he said there are limited options for coping with the looming across-the-board cuts. and, he said: >> on our civilians it will be catastrophic. >> woodruff: within hours, top pentagon officials were out, saying employees could lose one day of work per week for 22 weeks. civilians will experience a 20 percent decrease in their pay between late april and september. as a result, many families will be forced to make difficult decisions on where their financi obligations lie. >> reporter: the furloughs could start in late april and save roughly $5 billion. uniformed personnel at war would be exempt, but in a letter to congress, panetta wrote that the spending cuts will slow training and the procurement of weapons. the result, he said, will be a hollow force. the nation's top military leader had said as much last week at a senate hearing on the automatic cuts. chair of the joint chiefs of staff, general martin dempsey: >> this would be the steepest, big
in the day. he'll have to turn his attention to the pentagon budget and how to manage billions of dollars' worth of cuts. >>> a rocket fired from gaza has exploded in southern israel. it's the first attack since november, when the israeli military agreed to a cease-fire with the islamic fundamentalist group hamas. police in israel say no one was hurt. they suspect the palestinian militant group other than hamas may be responsible. the israeli military did not retaliate. tensions are rising in gaza and the west bank. the death of a palestinian inmate over the weekend sent palestinians into the streets in protest. the inmate died in an israeli prison. he was allegedly tortured. >>> north korean leader kim jong un has conducted a military inspection to check if troops are ready for battle. the country's state-run media reported on tuesday that kim monitored an artillery exercise. he reportedly said he was convinced officers are ready for his orders on maximum alert. kim is accompaniedyenior military officials believed to have directed the 2010 shelling of a south korean island. that's the so
is that they need to start furloughing people in about april. the defense, the pentagon says this week that it was issuing furlough notices to about 800,000 civilian employees. to prepare to be furloughed. so in the case of the pentagon, you know, that means that destroyers, various aircraft carriers will not deploy to places like the persian gulf and other theatre, and that's a big effect on local economies, in areas like rampton rode, virginia, san diego. and it's an effect affect that will be clearly felt on contractors who ry on navy contracts for shipbuildings. so i think the affects will be gradual. no one can really tell when the agencies will sort of pull the plug. and as i said, the cuts nay not take effect for that long. >> suarez: you said at the outset there is a political dimension to this. of course as we enter the final week there most certainly is what is the they are telling opinion researchers if friday comes and goes without a deal? >> well, i think part of the problem is that many americans don't really understand what sequestration is. it's become this obsession in
to talk about the pentagon?" >> absolutely, yes. but i should say, that does seem to be a change in chairman upton's views before he took on this leadership. fred upton was, you know, has long been a moderate who's worked on this issue, who's reached across the aisle on these issues. before he became chairman of the house energy and commerce committee, on his website, he had the phrase that "climate change is a problem." that was deleted after he became chairman of the house energy committee. so, we're definitely seeing a shift on this. >> hockenberry: chairman upton declined frontline's request for an interview. but the congressman wasn't the only one not talking. in 2011, the national journal tried to poll all gop lawmakers on climate change. >> i came up with the idea to ask every republican member of congress three simple questions about climate change. they were very simple. they are basically, you know, "do you think that climate change is causing the earth to become warmer?" >> hockenberry: straightforward. >> how much, if any of that, do you think is attributable to human
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